Tintswalo, in the native Shangaan language means “the intangible feeling of love, gratitude and peace bestowed upon someone offering you a meaningful and worthy gift.”

Tintswalo Safari Lodge is located on the private Manyeleti Game Reserve Concession, bordering the Timbavati Game Reserve, the well-known Sabi Sands Game Reserve and also open to the Greater Kruger National Park.

These borders are unfenced and the Big Five roam freely in between these areas, allowing for superb game viewing whilst staying at Tintswalo Safari Lodge – a exclusive luxury lodge.

A safari at Tintswalo Safari Lodge allows travellers to escape the stress of hectic business lives, ensuring total relaxation in pristine African Bush, among wild animals and an abundance of bird life.

Sip cocktails on the deck of your lavish suite, whilst viewing Elephants drinking from the waterhole…Perhaps even a lion or two – this is Africa in it’s purest form! This is what makes an African Safari the ultimate break-a-way.

Tintswalo Safari Lodge is situated along a seasonal river bed, surrounded by ancient sycamore tree’s. The main lodge overlooks an animal watering hole – a meeting place of the Big Five and something to admire with awe, seeing how the animals interact with each other in the wild.

Raised wooden walkways link the main lodge to the 6 exquisite Explorer Suites – with the super luxurious Presidential Suite in a class all of it’s own.

Why the Manyeleti Game Reserve?

This private game reserve is one of the smallest private game reserves in the greater Kruger National Park, hosting only a handful of lodges. As the Manyeleti Game Reserve is not over run by private Game Lodges, there are very few safari vehicles in this area – giving you a true and authentic safari experience and allowing travellers to feel that they are in the African Bush…with time to relax and just become one with nature.

From Game Viewing, game walks and star gazing – this must remain one of the most perfect places on earth.


The Tintswalo suites are authentically decorated to reflect the pioneering times of the nineteenth century African explorers. The air-conditioned suites are situated along the banks of the seasonal Nwaswitsontso River.

Providing supreme comfort, privacy and an opportunity for effortless birding, as well as the chance to view a large variety of big game from the privacy of each unit.

The indoor/outdoor shower leads off from the spacious bathroom which opens out onto the deck. Luxuriate in a private plunge pool or just relax on a lounger under the African Sun.

Every suite has an extra length double or twin bed, en-suite bathroom, air conditioners, overhead fans mosquito nets, private deck with an intimate plunge pool overlooking a game-friendly river bed and magnificent Sycamore groves.

Enjoy a relaxing Spa Treatment at the Vital Source Spa, followed by a sumptuous dinner under the Manyeleti night sky.

Activities at Tintswalo Safari Lodge

At Tintswalo Safari Lodge, we know that this is your safari and your holiday, and therefore there is no prescribed safari routine.

Your days at Tintswalo Safari lodge are designed around you, and you alone.

An idea of a typical day on Safari, would perhaps begin with an early morning game drive in an open safari land rover with your ranger. How about breakfast in the bush? Followed by more game viewing.

You can then return to the lodge for a light lunch and a siesta. Relax around the pool and delight in High Tea followed by a relaxing massage at the spa.

Excitement now builds as you depart for another game drive in the late afternoon – watching the sun go down over the African Bush whilst sipping on sundowners. The night life now starts to emerge as your ranger points out the amazing animals only seen at night. You may even be so lucky to see predators hunting at night – seeing their eyes glowing in the rays of moonlight.

Another satisfying day of game viewing, now satisfied – you return to your lodge for a romantic candlelit dinner.

Game viewing at Tintswalo takes place on foot or in individually seated open game vehicles. The vehicles are equipped with spot lights for night viewing, radios for communication, mosquito repellent, ponchos for wet weather and individual blankets for the night chill. A canvas bag containing binoculars, reference books and treats is also placed on each seat for your use.

Walks in the reserve are guided through the ever changing environment of the African bush. This experience allows the guest the opportunity to come away with information on wildlife, nature enlightenment and insight into the local Shangaan traditions ~ this is only obtainable with an ‘on the ground’ experience.

All our experienced & professional guides are accredited and they are always accompanied by skilled trackers who know their surrounding well.

A Kruger National Park Safari is easily combined with a visit to other areas in South Africa – with direct flights to and from Johannesburg or Cape Town

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Be inspired and contact one of our travel safari planners now to design your South Africa Holiday.